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What happens when Chinese acquire foreign citizenship?

In theory, Chinese dual citizenship is impossible for adults who were only Chinese citizens at birth, since you automatically lose Chinese citizenship if you voluntarily receive another country's ...
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Can a english(non-chinese) speaker survive living in Beijing?

(I lived in Shanghai for five years and toured Beijing and other Chinese cities.) English is spoken in high-end Western establishments. Elsewhere written and spoken English is very rare. Basic ...
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How can I tell whether a Chinese person is putting their family name or given name first?

The most common type of Chinese name uses one character or syllable for the family name and two characters or syllables for the given name. E.g. MAO Zedong, ZHOU Enlai and XI Jinping. If this applied ...
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Does entering by a student visa and not attending the school cause the future ban of the entry in China?

The visa you get is not a six-month visa. It is a one-entry visa that enables you to enter China, go to the University, pay the application fee, get the documents and then apply for your six-month ...
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Chinese passport

First, it's not the passport that matters -- it's the nationality. If you are first a Chinese (PRC) citizen and then voluntarily acquire a foreign nationality, then by PRC law you automatically lose ...
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Can I renew chinese passport if I renounce US citizenship?

If by China you mean the People's Republic of China, Article 9 of the PRC Nationality law says that a PRC citizen residing abroad who voluntarily acquires a foreign nationality automatically loses PRC ...
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What happens when Chinese acquire foreign citizenship?

(Note: I am assuming that by China you are talking about the People's Republic of China (PRC). It's very different for the Republic of China (ROC).) The word "recognize" means to treat something as ...
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How to know what you can openly discuss in China?

I like @kaishiro and @ChrisTavers answers, but I'd like to try to directly address your question: in China for example, what is acceptable to say without running afoul of the authorities. In summary,...
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US employee on a multi year long business trip to China, but paid in the US. Do I get to claim Foreign Earned Income Exception?

As you know, because you have a history of being able to claim the FEIE and continue to reside in China, you meet the bona fide and physical presence tests for the FEIE. You of course must meet these ...
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Can I apply for a Z-Type "Work" Chinese Visa while already living abroad?

The official letter of invitation from the Foreign Experts Bureau or similar body will state on it the location where you can apply for the Z-visa. If this letter says Moscow or Russia then you can ...
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Transfering Money From China to the US

There are numerous ways to move money internationally, but China puts restrictions on how much currency can be moved out of the country in a given year. The most direct way is to process an IBAN/...
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Can a english(non-chinese) speaker survive living in Beijing?

You'll be able to do quite a lot of things in English, but your time will be much more enjoyable if you are able to learn a few simple words and phrases. There are situations you'll find yourself in ...
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Does entering by a student visa and not attending the school cause the future ban of the entry in China?

I experienced this whole process and asked my teacher about it in detail. First, X2 is effective for 180 days from the entry and I did not experience such procedure as @dda mentioned. The application ...
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Alien registration card in China

As far as I understand it, If you are a non-Indian national residing in India and You apply for a Chinese visa in India (not in your home country) You need an "alien registration card" - presumably ...
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Marriage and double-citizenship

Most countries recognize marriages performed in other countries, and the US is no exception. The couple can marry in any jurisdiction that will marry them. The advantage of marrying in the US is ...
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US employee on a multi year long business trip to China, but paid in the US. Do I get to claim Foreign Earned Income Exception?

If you meet the physical presence test, you are entitled to the exclusion regardless of the visa you are on. I can't answer with respect to your Chinese tax obligation. There are many countries that ...
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Can I travel using one-way ticket when going to China on a Z-visa?

With a Z visa you do not require a return ticket. That being said, it is possible that Thai Airways will not be aware of this, and will expect a return ticket to board the flight. Your best bet would ...
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Is it possible to get a Chinese driver's license, when on a Chinese Q2 visa?

In most major Chinese cities they have the driver's license test in English. You just need to buy the book with the Chinese traffic regulations (recent one) and learn it and go to the exam. You will ...
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My girlfriend is 9 month pregnant, I only have a 1-month visa. How can I extend my Chinese visa?

The only real possibility is to enlist for a language course. There should be a university (and probably several), where you girlfriend lives, that teaches Chinese. You would need to hurry though, as ...
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What happens to a Chinese-born citizen who acquires American citizenship by their parents naturalizing?

When reaching 18 the child has to make a decision: keeping the US citizenship after becoming an adult is tantamount to acquiring it on your own free will. Visiting China on a US passport will require ...
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Do I have to pay customs duty if my family ships a Mac to me in China?

Yes. Anything that is brought in from overseas is liable for import duties. Sometimes there are (official or unofficial) minimum values under which the duties will be waived, but a new Mac is ...
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After a study program ends, could I stay in China and apply for a work visa?

You would at least need to first earn a bachelors degree to be eligible for any job. And without 2 years of working experience, it will be difficult to find a job in a large city, so you would have to ...
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Will PRC wife be permitted to enter Taiwan if I get a job there?

This may depend on multiple factors. Suggest you email the Taipei Representative Office in London, explain your situation and ask for guidance. Include all the details: what job, company, contract ...
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Renewal of chinese student visa

Based on what you said. Get an F Tourist Visa. The documentation required for it won't involve much work on your behave other than preparing as if the visit is a short-term one. There may be an ...
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Is it possible to get a Chinese driver's license, when on a Chinese Q2 visa?

Yes it is possible to get a Chinese drivers license. There are many services that offer "streamlined" processes to do this (www.chinesedriverslicense.com for instance). Only certain testing centres ...
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How to get a Chinese motorcycle driver's license with 1 year (90 days entry) visa?

Any type of visa is ok, but for a motorcycle driving license, the visa must be >90 days (continuous ... i.e., each stay must be at least 90 days). I'm gonna leave this website with more info about ...
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Do I need to take my Work Permit while passing through immigration?

Take it with you just in case. While it will be unlikely that you will be asked for it, it is general best practice that one has the most complete documentation at hand when passing through ...
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How can I tell whether a Chinese person is putting their family name or given name first?

I always write my family name first, but in capital letters. This way it should be pretty clear to people that is my surname. Otherwise there's simply no reliable way to tell. One-character names are ...
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Renew Chinese driving license on a Q2 visa

Based on this answer to a related question, it is possible to get a Chinese driving license on a Q2 visa as long as you have your proof of address in China. I therefore suppose it should certainly ...
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Since and until when can I stay in China using a student visa?

This is a little less clear-cut. You have to arrive in China "reasonably" early enough to do the procedures to get your residence permit. It takes longer for first-timers like you. So you should ...
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